Start speaking, reading and writing Japanese today with the most exciting new introduction to the Japanese language! Beginning Japanese
follows the story of Kiara, an American exchange student who lives in Japan. With the help of her Japanese friends and the time-traveling Tomo Tanuki
(raccoon dog), Kiara learns to speak, read, and write Japanese while she visits famous people and places in Japanese history.
Illustrated with manga-style comics and written by experienced high-school Japanese teachers, Beginning Japanese
will show you how to pronounce Japanese; read and write hiragana, katakana, and 125 basic kanji; and understand conversational Japanese. Other features include:
- Activities to check your progress
- Free CD-ROM audio and video files
- Free additional online games and materials
- Supporting language notes in 8 helpful appendices
is the first volume in a 3-level series. Deepen your learning with the Beginning Japanese Workbook
, a volume of drills and exercises that reinforce the lessons in the textbook. If you already speak basic Japanese, continue your learning with the second level, Intermediate Japanese
. Whether youre learning Japanese for fun, preparing for a Japanese proficiency exam, or want to achieve AP- or IB-level competency, Beginning Japanese
is your key to becoming a confident Japanese-speaker.
Michael L. Kluemper served as a board member for the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers from 2001—08, and has worked on national task forces for the implementation of a Japanese AP course. He lives in Louisville, KY.
Lisa Berkson was honored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese as the language teacher of the year in 2007. She currently teaches Japanese and Chinese language classes at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ.
Nathan Patton teaches Japanese language at Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY where he serves as Chair of the World Language Department.
Nobuko Patton has taught Japanese at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College and Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, KY. She lives in Kentucky.